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Sep 4, 2015 - 1st full day in Batcelona

The day started with a Metro ride to Sagrada Familia.......I have wanted to see this FOREVER! Seeing something of this magnitude in photos then viewing it as it in 3-D is really different to say the least. I wasn't prepared for the how huge it was in relatively such a small space. You walk up the stairs from the Metro and the building as it right now fills the entire sky and it is not yet finished. Throngs of people trying to photograph themselves as if no one else were there. It is truly a sight to behold. It was also obvious that Tom and...

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Sep 4, 2015 - The first supper

Tired and travel worn as we were, Tom and I showered dressed and headed out the door to experience our first Barcelona meal. Nancy at AAA picked our accommodation here and we are very happy with the location. For anyone familiar with Barcelona we are just down the street from Placa de la Catalonya. Or just 2 short blocks from Hotel 1898. We strolled down La Ramble looking for Hotel 1898 to see the bar and missed it a few times. Finally finding it we went upstairs to the beautiful bar. It was very windy and chilly so we decided not to eat...

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Sep 2, 2015 - And the Journey begins

The year was 2002 and Tom and I were just beginning to know each other. One day Tom says "Hey would you like to go to Paris? There's a tennis tournament I've always wanted to see." I responded "WHAT? I can't just go to Paris with you." Fast forward 11 anniversaries which have included multiple trips to France, Italy and England, we are now about to embark on a new adventure to discover Spain and Portugal. Airport shuttle service was provided by Sandra Lee Rostad. Our flight tickets included TSA/Pre check clearance.......... there were...

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Aug 25, 2015 - Day 5 Barcelona

We decided we should check out the metro today to make sure we were familiar with getting to the train station for our trip to Madrid tomorrow. The metro was pretty easy and we found our way to Barcelona Sants quite easily. We wandered around and sussed out the departure platforms before having a coffee and some early lunch. We decided to walk from the station to the meeting point for our wine tour rather than catch the metro back. It was a beautiful walk and we stopped off at the old arena where the bull fights used to be held and had a...

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Aug 24, 2015 - Day 4 Barcelona

Woke super early again this morning. I am still on Perth time so was wide awake at 1.30am. Not a good thing when we are having quite full days. I read for a while and then managed to get some more sleep. We are off to the hop on hop off bus again so we can have a look at La Sagrada Familia, the famous Gaudi basilica , and go to the beach. We also booked a wine lovers tour for tomorrow so will be going out into the countryside for the afternoon. We arrived at the Bascillica and after having a look at the outside facades thought it looked as...

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Aug 23, 2015 - Day 3 Barcelona

I woke up at 1.30am bright and ready for the day. Not a good idea as we'd planned to be at the hop on hop off bus at their 9!am start time and I was sure we would be busy all day. It's definitely back to summer...it got down to about 23C overnight so a bit of a change from home. I read for a while and did a few other bits and pieces before dozing off again for a couple of hours. I woke Pete so he could watch the Dockers game live on AFL Global...thanks Jim Raeside for telling us about it. Unfortunately, not the result we'd hoped...

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Aug 22, 2015 - Day 2 Dubai to Barcelona

Mad panic when we woke up this morning. Pete asked the time and I checked my watch; nearly had a heart attack as it showed 7:12am and we were supposed to leave for the airport at 6:00am for our 8:15am flight. Remember, I said I set 3 alarms; how could I have slept through 3 alarms. Once the initial adrenalin rush wore off, I checked my phone and saw that it was 3:12am Dubai time....I'd forgotten I hadn't set my watch to local time. Phew, no,panic. Time to chill out, shower, pack and be downstairs in plenty of time for the bus. Lots of other...

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Aug 5, 2015 - Day Twenty Three: Barcelona

After an unsuccessful time with the supermarket yesterday we set our alarm for 9:00am to give ourselves plenty of time to get breakfast before the walking tour. Either side of our hostel is cafés and we decided it was easy to just eat at one of them. For €3.00 I got a toasted sandwich and a coffee. I've only had one but so far the coffee in Spain tastes better than in Italy and it's hot. We had a bit of spare time before the tour started so we exchanged a few messages with our families and checked up on everyone on social media. By the time...

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Aug 4, 2015 - Day Twenty Two: Barcelona

We figured after our busy day travelling yesterday that we wouldn't set an alarm and that we'd wake up in time for the free walking tour of Barcelona. We woke up around 9:30am and got dressed. I went to put on a bit of foundation and mascara and wouldn't you know it my foundation had exploded too and my perfume had leaked a bit. This has never happened to me when flying before. The foundation was dry so I'll just wait till London and throw the bag out. Yesterday when we checked in the girl had said there were a few supermarkets close by or...

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Aug 3, 2015 - Day Twenty One: Sorrento to Barcelona

We had our earliest start this morning setting the alarm for 6:50am. I think we both thought we had plenty of time and we didn't rush to get ready. We got dressed and packed our last minute things in our bags before heading to breakfast. I enjoyed peach jam on toast one last time and opted for hot tea rather than warm coffee. By the time we'd finished breakfast it was 7:30am, we were hoping to be checked out by this time and walking to the station. We quickly raced back upstairs to grab our bags and checked out. Being a hotel we'd paid for...

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Jun 11, 2015 - Sagrada Familia

Internet connection is crap - I have written this entry three times and it keeps dropping out. Journal entries have been slow due to the connection and I am unable to post any pics hopefully I can post pics later on when I have better connection. Sagrada Familia what a great experience - Mark and I went 20 years ago and its great to see how much it has grown since then - Apparently they hope to finish it by 2026 but considering its really only half finished I am siding with the locals and they predict 2040. We were luckily enough to go up...

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Jun 10, 2015 - Barcelona

We are now in Barcelona - Ollie has been looking to this for ages as its his favourite Soccer team - First up we had to head straight to the official merchandising store for the big purchase. Here is Ollies diary for the day. This morning we went to the tourist information to try and get a map. First we went to the Barcelona store I got the best T shirt, pants and socks with Shaw on the t-shirt and the number 11 on the t shirt and shorts. I felt amazed. Then we went to the market it was chockers we tried to find a bagette store but there...

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